Influencer Poupette Kenza at the heart of a new controversy after anti-Semitic remarks

Influencer Poupette Kenza at the heart of a new controversy after anti-Semitic remarks
Influencer Poupette Kenza at the heart of a new controversy after anti-Semitic remarks

By EC

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Poupette Kenza’s Instagram account, followed by more than a million people.
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The young woman, followed by more than 1.2 million people on Instagram, caused an outcry on social networks. The government hastened to react, assuring that its behavior “is obviously illegal“.

A video by Poupette Kenza, aka Kenza Benchrif, set the internet ablaze this Wednesday: “I tell you, at least it’s clear and clear, I am pro-Palestinian. I do not work for any Zionist or Jewish person […] I don’t have any partners or agents who are Jewish or anything.”. Facing the camera, the influencer shared this message with her 1.2 million followers on Instagram.

The video was quickly relayed by Internet users on other social networks such as TikTok and X (formerly Twitter). “How is it wrong to have Jewish friends or colleagues?”asks a woman about X. Her publication has gone viral and recorded nearly three million views this Thursday.

Although Poupette Kenza’s Instagram account has no longer been accessible since Wednesday evening, the influencer had time to publish one last video in which she apologizes: “I expressed myself badly, I said that I did not work with Jews. No girls, I have nothing against Jews, I have nothing against Christians, I have nothing against Muslims. It’s just against the Zionists and those who finance the genocide […] against those who condone and defend this. If there are dolls who are Jewish, who follow me and who are against everything that is happening, there is no problem, welcome to the team. “I deeply apologize if my words may have offended [sic]. That wasn’t the intention.”she adds in another story on her account.

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Already several controversies

But in the discussion channel reserved for her subscribers, an Internet user assures that Poupette Kenza is making fun of the situation and making fun of the hate messages she has received. Faced with this situation, the government hastened to react. “Boycotting women and men because of their identity or religion is obviously illegal. Faced with anti-Semitism and racism, I will not let anything go.”, says on X Aurore Bergé, minister responsible for equality between women and men and the fight against discrimination. The executive reported the influencer’s comments to the Interministerial Delegation for the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hatred (Dilcrah) which was “responsible for making a report to the public prosecutor”.

Last year, influence had already been at the heart of controversies when the Fraud Repression fined it 50,000 euros for deceptive commercial practice. “They are big thieves”, she said on Snapchat. In detail, the Fraud Repression accused the young woman of having advertised a tooth whitener banned for sale in France, all without indicating that it was a commercial publication for which the brand paid her.

In March 2023, suspicions even arose about child abuse by the influencer on her son, barely a year old. The 23-year-old young woman defended herself on the show “TPMP” on the C8 channel then on YouTube. Many fans then posted comments of support: “I worry about you”, “your tearful passages moved me” or “I wish your children, your family and yourself to find peace”.

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